September 2014 Blog Posts (16)

Clinical Psychology and Disability Studies:

This new paper may be of interest. . . 

Purpose: Clinical psychology and disability studies have traditionally occupied very different academic, philosophical and political spaces. However, this paper aims to illustrate the positive consequences and implications of attempts to understand and bridge this disciplinary divide. 

Method: A narrative review format was used with evidence selected pragmatically as opposed to systematically. The construction of the argument determined…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 30, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Journal of Narrative Politics

Journal of Narrative Politics is an interdisciplinary journal rooted in the study of global politics that explores narrative voice in academic research, writing, and pedagogy, and in the diverse expressions of non-academic communities and social formations. Normatively committed to human dignity, fairness, and peace, Journal of Narrative Politics aims to imagine futures free from colonial, racial, gendered, and economic violences. As a result, Journal…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 15:54 — No Comments

Self harm: parents' experiences

New module from healthtalkonline. 

In this section you can find out about the experiences of parents and other family members of young people who self-harm by seeing and hearing them share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 39 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as why young people self-harm, discovering that a young person is self-harming, how they helped their young person, living with…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 21:31 — No Comments

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation & Connection

Just to alert you all to a book coming out in October by Routledge.

It is based on a series of projects in which mental health service users spoke at length about their production and engagement with visual art. One of the projects was the 'Thou Art' study and film that some of you may be familiar with. The book foregrounds their voice and journeys, and an overview can be seen by clicking the link below.…


Added by Olivia Sagan on September 23, 2014 at 13:50 — 1 Comment

UCLAN One in Four film festival

6-10 October 2014

The One in Four Film Festival 2014 is a week-long free event featuring films which explore the effects of mental ill health upon individuals, communities and families. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness of and stamp out the stigma associated with mental ill health. The Festival is sponsored by theSchool of Health.

Every evening a film that explores mental health is shown at 7pm, the film is introduced by the person who has nominated the film…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 16, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Psychology and Psychiatry: Bridging the Gap

Special issue of Clinical Psychology Forum. 

Read it in full here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 20:58 — No Comments

A straight-talking introduction to psychiatric diagnosis: new book

Lucy Johnstone asks 'Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis?' This book will help you to decide. A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 18:44 — No Comments

Creating Alternatives to the Medical Model

Article written by Tamasin Knight, based on her Winston Churchill Foundation trip to the US last year. 

Read it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Mad Studies Stream web page

Set of web pages, bringing together materials from the historic mad studies stream at the Disability Studies Conference in Lancaster in September 2014.
Visit site:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2014 at 13:58 — No Comments

Update to MH Online Resource Map

Hi all,

Just letting you know that I have made some updates to the MH Online Resource Map so please use the latest version:




Added by Sharon Rankin on September 12, 2014 at 13:37 — No Comments

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network: an introduction…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2014 at 8:34 — No Comments

Prevention of Suicide Training: request for information on what is taught to mental health nurses.

I am running Prevention of Suicide Training in the NHS Trusts.  I am interested in know how the this is taught both from an theoretical and skills perspective within the degree curriculum.  I am particularly interested in how staff in mental health units are prepared to support service users on discharge from hospital. Anything on the development and implementation of safety plans would be of interest.  Contact Fiona Cassells:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:26 — No Comments

Call for Papers on Mad Studies: Special issue of the Journal Intersectionalities

The special issue Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and ‘Mental Health’aims for an  interdisciplinary – or ‘in/disciplinary’ - collection of articles that will demonstrate the relationship and contribution of Mad Studies to other related fields of study.

Questions that we would in particularly like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  •  How has the project of Mad Studies been taken up both in and outside of Canada in…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Social Approaches to Voice Hearing: A Lived Experience Perspective

The traditional approach to working with voice hearers focusses upon inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme, which provides a…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online Mental Health Resources

Dear Members,

I have put together a list of online resources which you may find useful - I have included MHHE too


Added by Sharon Rankin on September 2, 2014 at 15:04 — 1 Comment

Working for disability equality in higher education - the global perspective: call for proposals

Working for disability equality in Higher Education -the global perspective: July, 20-24, 2015 - Manchester, UK.

Proposals due 10/31/2014.

NADP-UK International Conference 2015

The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference –‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’ will be taking place in Manchester from 20th –…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 8:19 — No Comments

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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…


Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…


The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…

While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…


Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…


Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…


Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…


With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.

Guest Editors: 

Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK…


Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.



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